Susurration, Galerie Powerhouse (La Centrale), Montréal, Québec, 1989
A susurration, a murmur being formed from the noise, is the premise of this multi-media, site-specific installation. The literal space of the gallery is considered with the inclusion of an audio track played from two large speakers. A woman’s voice, almost inaudible, recounts fragments from the aleatoric reflections of John Cage. The effort needed to hear the spoken words signals the material presence of other gallery goers, the squeaking floor boards, the tapping of an office keyboard, sounds from the street, etc.
Three series of drawings are presented. Differently each series plays with the flatness of the drawing support and transgresses the boundaries imposed by the paper’s edge. Texts used as components of these drawings open the possibility for multiple and contradictory readings. All texts in English accompany drawing on paper. French texts presented directly on the wall and windows of the gallery make reference to the architecture and specificity of location.
Notions of non-linearity and unpredictability overlay a large graphite wall drawing of a classical balustrade through the projection of fractal images. Traditional ways of thinking, seeing, and hearing can be challenged as classical imagery is enveloped in the scientific language of motion. The use of fractal imagery speaks about processes of becoming rather than being. Embodied in this work is the notion of nature and the material self in constant motion rendering the viewer as integral to the work.
The architectural structures of the exhibition space are implicated in perceptual practices through the placement of images and texts on the walls, floors, and windows. Shifts in scale and the placement of elements in spatially predetermined proximity to the viewer loosely choreograph the viewer’s movement toward the drawings to see/read the details and away again to locate larger relationships.
Applying text to wall surfaces and to the windows references the specifics of the exhibition space, the architecture and the larger context of an urban neighbourhood.